Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
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Guy’s big shots finish No. 4 Virginia’s rally over No. 8 UNC

Guy’s big shots finish No. 4 Virginia’s rally over No. 8 UNC

The Cavaliers instead almost unraveled in the second half before Kyle Guy came to the rescue, sinking a pair of three-pointers in the final two minutes to secure a 69-61 victory.

Kyle Guy and De'Andre Hunter each had 20 points for Virginia, which remains undefeated this season against teams not named Duke.

"Obviously we made some big threes".

Mike Tyson would approve of the way Virginia fought back against an excellent opponent on Monday night.

"It was a game of ebb and flow for sure, just challenging, hang in there, get a stop". His 33 points tied his own mark for the third-most points by a UNC freshman, and the seven made threes matched another mark he set earlier this season for the second-most by a Tar Heel freshman in a single game.

UNC connected on only 35.4 percent of its shots from the floor for the game, and missed 10 of its last 11 attempts. Turnovers had been a significant concern for Virginia over the previous three games, during which it committed 44.

"He just needs a little bit of space", Bennett said.

White finished with 17 points to lead Carolina, while Cameron Johnson had 16 points and 7 boards, and Brooks added 12 and 8 rebounds.

Coby White scored 17 points for North Carolina in the losing effort. The Cavaliers were able to hold the fast-paced UNC offense to just 6 fast break points.

Hunter answered for Virginia with a three-pointer, but Johnson scored five in a row, including a layup for a 44-43 lead with 14:17 left.

UNC: The Tar Heels had Michael Jordan in the house for this game and plenty of momentum with seven straight wins.

"I think their defense got stronger", Williams said. "We just didn't seize the opportunity".

Virginia: The Cavaliers' home loss to the Blue Devils on Saturday gave them more league losses than all of past year, when they went 20-1 against ACC teams to sweep the regular-season and tournament titles.

The Cavs won't have to return to North Carolina until the ACC tournament in Charlotte on March 12.

"There's no excuses", Jerome said of U.Va.'s success Monday working on short rest.

"We've got a lot of cold-blooded guys on this team", Guy said. I don't care if we're on the road today. Rising up with 1:10 remaining, Guy released a 3-pointer, made it and got fouled by Kenny Williams in the process.

Among the primary concerns health-wise for Virginia had been the status of starting forward Mamadi Diakite. Clark had 3 steals in the first half.

Diakite came off the bench against North Carolina and scored on a jump hook over Johnson to cap a 10-0 run early in the first half that gave the Cavaliers a seven-point lead. Jerome initially tweaked his back against N.C. State on January 29.

But UNC, which has one of the nation's best offenses, missed 16 of 20 shots to close the game as Virginia's defense tightened.

UNC freshman wing Nassir Little went down with a right ankle injury in the first half.

Guy's shots deflated the Tar Heels and their crowd.

"We had a great run for eight to 10 minutes, or whatever it was, and things were going our way", UNC coach Roy Williams said.

Down 55-48 midway through the second half, were they going to crumble or respond?

"They were ready, and they were locked in".

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